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  • Major Australian utility calls on government to commit to carbon reduction

    17 April 2015, 15:20

    Australian utility company AGL has called on the country’s regional and local government to “set both binding and aspirational medium and long-term emission reduction targets”, while outlining its own commitments to carbon reduction.

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    Vikram Solar teams with European firms for solar cell production

    17 April 2015, 11:25

    India-based PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has teamed with Fraunhofer ISE, Meyer Burger, and centrotherm to provide its previously announced plans to include solar cell production as part of overall module capacity expansions.

  • Ghana

    Ghana power minister to join top-level speakers at West Africa solar event

    17 April 2015, 10:56

    Ghana’s minister for power is to speak at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables West Africa event in the country’s capital, Accra, next week, organised by PV Tech’s publisher, Solar Media.

  • Cathy Zoi

    SunEdison appoints Cathy Zoi to head up rural electrification business

    17 April 2015, 10:48

    SunEdison’s rural electrification business, which aims to give 20 million people access to electricity, will be headed up by Cathy Zoi.

  • suntech

    Suntech touts carbon composite solar module frame

    17 April 2015, 10:48

    Wuxi Suntech the PV module manufacturing arm of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has confirmed the development and testing with Taiwan Carbon Nanotube Technology Corporation (TCNT) of a high-strength, lightweight carbon and glass fibre composite PV module frame, the first such development of its kind in the PV industry.

  • Palestine flag

    Gaza deal for 30MW of solar power

    17 April 2015, 10:27

    The Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) has signed an agreement with a Palestinian American renewable energy company to provide 30MW of solar power in Gaza, according to local reports.

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    Hanergy TF building 10MW R&D and pilot line for Alta Devices GaAs solar cells

    17 April 2015, 09:48

    China-based Hanergy Thin Film Power Group is to build a 10MW gallium arsenide (GaAs) thin-film solar cell R&D and manufacturing plant using recently acquired US start-up Alta Devices technology.

  • Stem.

    Stem wants to take ‘virtual power plant’ concept to Japan, Australia, EU markets

    17 April 2015, 09:41

    Energy storage start-up Stem says it sees a “strong opportunity” for expansion of its business in Australia, Japan and the EU and is especially focused on the potential of aggregated ‘virtual power plants’, in the week when the company closed a US$12 million funding round led by Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co.

  • SECI to construct 100MW worth of projects in India’s Kerala

    16 April 2015, 20:09

    The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the government group conducting India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), has signed a deal with Indian utilities Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Tehri Hydro Power Development Corporation India Limited (THDCIL) in order to build a 50MW PV plant in the district of Kasaragod, located within the state of Kerala.

  • Juwi establishes company’s first PV project in Turkey

    16 April 2015, 20:04

    Renewable-energy project developer juwi is building up its footprint, as it is set to develop its first project in Turkey. The project is comprised of seven separate plants — generating a combined capacity of 7.4MW — and will be located in the municipality of Denizli.

  • Southern Power acquires controlling stake in 32MW California project

    16 April 2015, 19:58

    Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power has acquired a controlling interest in the 32MW Lost Hills-Blackwell Solar Facility in California from PV system provider First Solar. The remaining interest in the plant will be maintained by an affiliate of First Solar.

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    SunPower joint venture partners with Apple in China

    16 April 2015, 13:33

    SunPower today announced plans to partner with Apple to build two 20MW solar power projects in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures in Sichuan Province, China.

  • Solairedirect

    Indicative IPO price values Solairedirect at €386 million

    16 April 2015, 11:34

    Solar developer Solairedirect has been valued at €386 million (US$414 million) after it announced its indicative share price range ahead of its forthcoming IPO.

  • Bloomberg: Yieldcos lower the cost of renewables, with ‘substantial growth’ expected

    16 April 2015, 11:25

    Bundling a number of solar power generation assets into one investment fund through so-called ‘yieldcos’ is lowering the cost of renewables, while the yieldco market itself is expected to experience substantial growth in the next few years, an investment banker has said.

  • Philipinnes

    ET Solar to build 70 MWp solar plant in the Philippines

    16 April 2015, 11:17

    ET Solar has agreed to build a 70MWp solar power project in the Philippines with local partner, renewable energy developer Gate Solar Philippines.

Publications

  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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